Fundraising Team

Jason Briggs, Director of Fundraising

Jason joined Cavendish as Director of Fundraising at the start of 2018, leaving behind a role in fundraising consulting. His previous experience consists of fundraising intelligence roles, as well managing a social enterprise. He is also a Trustee of a number of charities. In 2016 he led a team at The University of Sheffield to win an Insight in Fundraising Award, and in 2017 was personally awarded the CASE Europe Iain More Award for ‘emerging development professional’. Jason was attracted to Cavendish by its emphasis on inner well being during a cancer diagnosis. In 2013 he lost his father to cancer who lived in an area of France where there was no professional emotional or psychological support. Having seen the difference such services can make, Jason is dedicated to seeing Cavendish thrive so anyone can access such beneficial services.


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Jonny Cole, Fundraising Manager

Jonny came to Cavendish Cancer Care to help out for a month in 2006 after getting involved with us through a corporate partner and never left. After meeting so many people that Cavendish Care has made a significant difference to he feels passionately about the care we provide. He is married to Jenny and is Father to Jack and in his (limited) spare time enjoys playing for Rotherham Hockey Club as a goalkeeper.

Talk to Jonny about…
– Taking on a challenge to fundraise for Cavendish (e.g. a marathon)
– Running your own fundraising event
– Donating stamps
jonny@cavcare.org.uk


Claudia Downs, Individual Giving & Communications Officer

Claudia came to study at the University of Sheffield in 2015. By the time she graduated in 2018, she had grown to love the city and knew she wanted to stay here and contribute to its vibrant and caring community. She has been a freelance music journalist and editor for three years and, going forward, was keen to channel her creativity into helping a good cause. She loves having the opportunity to capture the heart of Cavendish, tell the stories of the people we meet, and share this with the public.

Talk to Claudia about…
– Communications and Social Media
– Leaving a Legacy gift
– Regular Giving (e.g. becoming a monthly donor)
claudia@cavcare.org.uk


Emma Draper, Senior Development Manager

Emma’s role is to support the development and continued sustainability of the charity through key relationships and meaningful partnerships. Her background is in executive recruitment, with the majority of her career spent with an international search firm, and in more recent years as Director of Search & Selection for a regional recruitment business in Sheffield.

Emma made the decision to change career direction as she feels incredibly passionate about the work of Cavendish and the impact it has on people’s lives. Her sister was diagnosed with terminal cancer at the age of 26, and the emotional support and access to therapies that her sister had made a significant difference to her quality of life, emotional strength and pain management. This enabled her to live her life to the fullest despite what she was facing. Emma understands first-hand how hard it can be to care for, and lose, a loved one, and how important it is to have access to the right support. She is driven by both personal experience, and a desire to help others contribute to the sustainability and growth of the charity, in turn improving the lives of more people in our region.

Talk to Emma about…
– Supporting Cavendish projects
– Creating an ongoing partnership with the charity
emma@cavcare.org.uk


Lauren Kirk, Events Assistant

Lauren joined the Cavendish team at the beginning of June 2018 as the Fundraising Events Assistant. She will be continuing her Degree in Events and Tourism Management at Sheffield Hallam University and is looking forward to graduating in 2019. She assists with event management for Cavendish and thoroughly enjoys being a part of the charities fundraising team. She looks forward to continuing to be part of the charity and finding new events for the charity supporters to get involved with. Lauren enjoys attending music events and festivals in her spare time along with socialising in general, keeping fit and trying new things.


Jake Mason, Fundraising Researcher & Insight Analyst

Jake came to Cavendish in July 2018 as a Research and Insight Analyst. His core role is to provide data on prospective donors to help the team understand how we can expand the charity and offer our services to ever more people. Away from Cavendish, Jake is a PhD Researcher at the University of Sheffield, where he investigates how social networks underpin the production of propaganda in contemporary conflicts. Among other things, Jake enjoys cycling in his free time. Although, after growing up on the Cheshire plain, he is still getting used to quite how many hills there are in Sheffield.


Mike Sawkins, Trusts & Insight Manager

Mike first joined Cavendish Cancer Care in 2015 after several years spent carrying out biomedical research in the UK and Ireland. What he enjoys most about working here is being able to see on a daily basis the difference that our support makes to local families as a reminder of why he wanted to make that change. He briefly left us at the end of 2016 but rejoined the team in February 2018 and quickly felt as if he’d never been away! He focuses on securing funding from trusts and foundations as well as working to understand and demonstrate the impact of our work. At home Mike loves to cook and is especially happy when baking bread and sweet treats for himself and his family.

Talk to Mike about…
– Charitable trusts and foundations
– Learning more about the difference we make
– Abseiling
mike@cavcare.org.uk


Clare Sherratt, Celebration Ball Coordinator

Clare joined Cavendish in August 2017 to support trust and grant fundraising, as well as some other specific projects such as compiling the Annual Report.  Since October 2018 she has taken on the role of Celebration Ball Coordinator helping to plan Cavendish’s biggest ever event which will take place on 23rd March 2019.

After graduating from Leeds University with a degree in Media and Management Clare worked at a South Yorkshire charity for over ten years.  As Head of Communications and Funding she developed skills and experience in events, trusts and grants, and communications.  She has managed and supported a wide range of events including everything from balls to conferences to sponsored horse rides.  When she’s not working Clare is a keen crafter attempting to make presents for her friends from quilts to baby mobiles and is never happier (read: frustrated from getting stabbed by pins!) than when she has a project on the go.

Talk to Clare about…
– Anything and everything to do with the Celebration Ball
c.sherratt@cavcare.org.uk